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Culture and Congress Centre (KKL) Tours

Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)
The Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, referred to as KKL by the locals, is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel. It has an extraordinary presence among the more traditional buildings of Lucerne, especially due to the modern square shape and the enormous flat roof overhanging Europe Square. This floating roof, sometimes called the magic roof, soon became a symbol of the city and is definitely the building’s most prominent feature. Also remarkable is the successful fusion of nature and construction. The Culture and Congress Centre almost merges with the adjoining water of Lake Lucerne and not only do the aluminum plates covering the surface reflect the light and ripples in the waves but the water also flows into the building itself and separates the KKL into its three parts. One part of the structure houses smaller halls and meeting rooms, offices as well as a bistro and an art museum, while the versatile middle part called the Lucerne Hall is the venue for bigger events, shows and conventions.

The Culture and Congress Centre’s main feature and the third part of the building is the huge concert hall. It has a lining made of maple wood, reminiscent of a violin case, but is popularly referred to as “Salle Blanche” due to the isolating side walls made out of gleaming white plaster reliefs. The blue ceiling is reminiscent of the starry night sky and the five floors beneath it, capable of holding 1,840 spectators, are furnished with plenty of pine, cherry and maple wood. The concert hall was mainly built for classical concerts and thus, meets the highest acoustic demands, allowing for absolute silence in which sounds from the quietest pianissimo to the loudest fortissimo can develop. But among all the culture and music, don't forget to climb to the roof-top terrace for an incredible view over the city and Lake Lucerne.

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The Culture and Congress Centre is located right next to Lucerne’s main train station, where every bus and train in the city makes a stop. The building is massive and simply can’t be overlooked. All the separate parts of the venue have different opening times and there are regular exhibitions and concerts taking place. Therefore, it’s probably best to pay a visit to their website to find out about the part you are interested in or join a tour that shows it all. 
Address: Europaplatz 1, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Art and Culture in Lucerne - Discover it with a LocalLuxury Tours

Art and Culture in Lucerne - Discover it with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. You always wanted to know everything about the KKL in Lucerne? Perfect, I will tell you all its secrets before the end of this Experience! Thousands of art lovers from all over the globe visit Lucerne each year, either participating in one or more of the numerous cultural events or simply enjoying the buzzing community and the city ambience. Whether you are visiting Lucerne as a returning tourist who wants to get to know the city a bit better or it is your first time, this Experience is for you! While walking the streets of Lucerne and looking at amazing street art or getting to know more about the city’s galleries and museums, you will hear about artists and their connection to Lucerne. I will share with you the most significant cultural and historical insights and details of the colourful and multi-faced Lucerne while we deep dive into the world of art and culture of my city and country.
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Best of Lucerne in 60 minutes - Discover the city with a LocalCultural Tours

Best of Lucerne in 60 minutes - Discover the city with a Local

This experience is provided by a private local. You only have an hour to fall in love with Lucerne? Challenge accepted! Discover Lucerne during a short but sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, the local lifestyle, and the contemporary transformation of the city. We will meet at the train station and go on our stroll from there :-) By seeing Lucerne through the eyes of a local, discover what the everyday life looks like and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from. While walking through Lucerne, you will discover its parks, monuments, and historical architecture with a local, so this is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here, and find out how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect Experience for someone visiting the city for the first time or for someone that wants to rediscover it!
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Early Bird TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Early Bird Tour

Morning tour of the city. Experience how the city of Lucerne awakens. Tour leads through zones that can not be used during the day.
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Lucerne's Past and Present with LocalLuxury Tours

Lucerne's Past and Present with Local

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This experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Lucerne with a passionate local who wants to share all the best-kept secrets of Lucerne with you! Our excursion will start near the historical museum, in the heart of Lucerne!. You will learn about the various architectural styles from different time periods and find out how the city has changed over time. From visiting churches to discovering the history behind the Musegg Wall or even the Leodegar church, you will encounter unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour won’t show you! We know that travelling is the best way of learning, and having a knowledgeable local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you wish to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know, and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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1 Hour Private Walk of Lucerne with a LocalPrivate Sightseeing Tours

1 Hour Private Walk of Lucerne with a Local

This experience is provided by a private local. You only have an hour to fall in love with Lucerne? Challenge accepted! Discover Lucerne during a short but sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, the local lifestyle, and the contemporary transformation of the city. We will meet at the train station and go on our stroll from there :-) By seeing Lucerne through the eyes of a local, discover what the everyday life looks like and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from. While walking through Lucerne, you will discover its parks, monuments, and historical architecture with a local, so this is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here, and find out how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect Experience for someone visiting the city for the first time or for someone that wants to rediscover it!
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The Instagrammable Places of Lucerne with a Local Photography Tours

The Instagrammable Places of Lucerne with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. If you want to spice up your Instagram feed and impress your friends with stunning shots from your travels, then you are at the right place! Let me show you the most beautiful and impressive spots in Lucerne and guide you with some useful tips to take good pictures from your phone or camera! Of course, while strolling through the city and taking photos of the most unique places (like the wonderful view you could get from the Musegg wall) you will also get to know more about Lucerne and learn about its secrets from a local’s perspective. Join me on this adventure to give you insta feed an upgrade. Make sure you don’t book this experience too late, as we don’t want to miss the golden hour!
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Photogenic Lucerne with a LocalPhotography Tours

Photogenic Lucerne with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the city of Lucerne through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for the unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and to take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from KKL to Musegg Wall. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Lucerne you will also get to discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you. Let us discover an alternative side of Lucerne, full of history and unique beauty! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! During this Experience, you will have the chance to take panorama pictures from two opposite hills and afterwards, let me know which side you preferred!
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Essential Lucerne Photography TourLuxury Tours

Essential Lucerne Photography Tour

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Culturally diverse and infinitely scenic, Lucerne is a photographer’s ideal city. This tour takes photography enthusiasts to secret vantage points, beguiling back streets, monuments and historic landmarks, and dramatic landscapes. No experience is necessary, as your photographer-guide will offer advice as you shoot. Any camera, from simple point-and-shoots to complex DSLRs are encouraged. The guide will also take photos of participants and share them in an online gallery after the tour.  
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Lucerne Art and Classical Music History TourHalf-day Tours

Lucerne Art and Classical Music History Tour

Visit the most iconic museums and venues like German composer Richard Wagner’s former home from 1938, by Lake Lucerne. Guided by a local professional musician you will visit sites associated with some major figures of music and painting history in Lucerne, learning some of the notable information where other famous musicians spent time or left a mark and found inspiration to write some of their most remarkable work. Learn about Lucerne’s Culture and Congress Center (KKL) a multi-functional building with a concert hall designed by the prominent French architect Jean Nouvel, you will marvel at the exterior. Admire the exclusive art collection at Rosengard Museum with over 300 Classic, Modernist and Impressionist works of art. Round up your music experience to listen to a private chamber music concert on a 25 min. tour extension. Although music lovers will be enthralled, this walk is designed and geared for any culturally curious person.
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Lucerne city tour, private tourguide, 4 hours, incl. boat trip on lakeHalf-day Tours

Lucerne city tour, private tourguide, 4 hours, incl. boat trip on lake

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Explore the history and culture of one of the Swiss Alps’ most popular towns on this half-day Lucerne city tour with Lake Lucerne sightseeing boat trip. Follow a private guide along the banks of the Reuss River and choose your own route to take in the attractions of most interest. Delve into Lucerne’s historic Old Town, stroll along the city walls, and see the 16th-century houses for which Lucerne is famous. Then, take a sightseeing boat trip across Lake Lucerne and listen to commentary via audioguide.
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